Further Reading: Time in the Lab

The role of time in biomedical practice has not received the amount of attention it should. An important contribution on the relationship of time to laboratory culture in physics is Peter Gallison’s application of Ferdinand Braudel’s concept of the longue durée in How Experiments End (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987). Sharon Traweek’s Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physics (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1988) provides valuable insight into how particle physicists balance career and experiment time.

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s essay “Experimental Systems: Historiality, Narration, and Deconstruction” found in The Science Studies Reader (New York and London: Routledge, 1999) ed. by Mario Biagioli, is an important look into the role of time in biological experimental systems.

Geoffrey Bowker’s Memory Practices in the Sciences (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005) is a good overview of the importance of memory in scientific knowledge. Also see Phillip Thurtle, Breeding True: Information Processing and the Emergence of Genetic Rationality (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007) for an in depth engagement of the role of time and memory in experimental genetics.